Assistant Professor of Practice, Cleveland State University

Maria Gigante is a Cleveland-based filmmaker and educator at Cleveland State University’s School of Film & Media Arts. She earned her MFA in Film from Columbia College Chicago and was the runner up for an MTV Movie Award (Best Filmmaker on Campus) in 2007. Her award-winning short film Girls Room screened at over 60 film festivals in more than 50 countries around the world. Maria also coordinates FilmSlam®, the Cleveland International Film Festival’s media literacy program and mini-festival of films for students.